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The Smithereens — Blood And Roses
Album: Especially For You
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Released: 1986
Length: 3:22
Plays (last 30 days): 1
It was long ago
Seems like yesterday
Saw you standing in the rain
Then I heard you say

I want to love but it comes out wrong
I want to live but I don't belong
I close my eyes and I see
Blood and roses

Love flowers in the springtime
October we were wed
In wintertime the roses died
The blood ran cold
And then she said

I want to love but it comes out wrong
I want to live but I don't belong
I close my eyes and I see
Blood and roses

It was long ago
Seems like yesterday
Saw you standing in the rain
Then I heard you say

I need your love but it comes out wrong
I try to live but I don't belong
I close my eyes and I see
Blood and roses
Blood and roses
Blood and roses
Blood and roses
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Yeah, 34 years later  and they sound even worse. 
This album (yes, album. OK, maybe tape) was a huge part of my musical education in high school. I still know all the words. I miss music like this. I am also old.
At first listen with that bass line, I almost thought "Peter Gun" by Art of Noise with Duane Eddy was playing.Not familiar with the group but that was very listenable!!!
This is just a great song!
So sad about singer Pat DiNizio passing. Very uniqiue sound with them. Got to see them 3X...
Commercially grungy~~~~ Great vocal tones!
Damn. Almost never hear the Smithereens. Love that bass line.
Simply outstanding
 poetdancer wrote:
Saw these guys last in a club in San Francisco several years ago. The lead singer, Pat DiNizio, died December 12, 2017. He'll be missed.

 
Oh wow, I did not know he passed away.  Always liked that band.  Just really good basic ROCK & ROLL.
RIP Pat DiNizio.  You guys put on an amazing show.
The Man and The Band were freaking rock and roll geniuses! Pat, please reach down and help the young songwriters.
Drop the hammer!
Saw these guys last in a club in San Francisco several years ago. The lead singer, Pat DiNizio, died December 12, 2017. He'll be missed.
RIP, Pat DiNizio.

A talented song writer and a beautiful voice.
{#Guitarist} LOVE THIS BAND ! saw them in a small club seattle apparently they were good friends with cobain talked a lot bout him at this show / very good no messing around tween songs just flat laid it out / outstanding
Always liked these guys.  Straight forward R&R with a good melodic sense.  Kind of like a more current James Gang.
Great song... Such an underrated band 
 baylees wrote:
Saw them live years ago  they were good.  What ever became of them?  Anyone Know? 

 
Still playing, after a time off for Pat to recuperate from a fall (slipped on ice & hurt his arm). You wouldn't recognize Pat tho. 
 
 
Saw them live years ago  they were good.  What ever became of them?  Anyone Know? 
 On_The_Beach wrote:

"Yes, I'm SURE about the haircut.
Mom says center-parts are where it's at. Now lay off."

 
Yes, but it's missing something:

Alfalfa from The Little Rascals, with cowlick 
 Dave_Mack wrote:

Totally! I've spent many hours in the garage working on it. But it seems that he's tuned his bass down a half-step to play it in Eb. So it's a little hard to play along with the song. (I know I could retune it, but it was tuned at the factory and I don't want to spoil it {#Bananajam})

 
Buy a 5string.......Seriously, detuning to Eflat  is de riguer for a lot of tunes.
 Krispian wrote:
Best bass line ever!

 
Totally! I've spent many hours in the garage working on it. But it seems that he's tuned his bass down a half-step to play it in Eb. So it's a little hard to play along with the song. (I know I could retune it, but it was tuned at the factory and I don't want to spoil it {#Bananajam})
 On_The_Beach wrote:

"Yes, I'm SURE about the haircut.
Mom says center-parts are where it's at. Now lay off."

 
Moe's nephew. Remind him to murder you later. 

"Yes, I'm SURE about the haircut.
Mom says center-parts are where it's at. Now lay off."
yes this is rockin
Pure metalfittin' meaty driving rock. Feckin' brilliant! I love the bass line, as others do, but it's the lead guitar that really gets me. It's amazing how 3 simple instruments can combine so perfectly, such that your very heart beats in time with the song. 9 from the rockin' Nottingham jury {#Dancingbanana_2}
New Jersey's own! Always liked these guys.
"We can be Smithereens together!"
"I don't want to die:  I want to be alive.  Or, a cowboy."
I spent the 80's in a cabin, living off the grid.  Looks like I missed a few bands.  Good stuff.{#Bananapiano}
best cut I've heard from this group....{#Dance}
One of those bands that slipped through the cracks in the 80's. Better than most of their contemporaries.
 angbb_matt wrote:
Oh yeah, the Bass line - this is *very* doors. Can't recall which song, possibly one on the album 'strange days' ?

 

"Riders on the Storm?"
  bb_matt wrote:
Wow, never heard this before. 

At first I thought, very current, then I thought a bit REM, then I thought Foo Fighters, then I thought, it's a bit grunge...

Then I looked at the date! 1986! - this sounds so much later than that date. 
Aud wrote:
Yeah, hard to believe it's this old! 

I thought this was retro when it came out in the mid 1980s - sounds like good 1960's music to my ears... so what does that say about grunge?
More Smithereens please!!!!!!!!{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Bananasplit}
 bb_matt wrote:
Wow, never heard this before. 

At first I thought, very current, then I thought a bit REM, then I thought Foo Fighters, then I thought, it's a bit grunge...

Then I looked at the date! 1986! - this sounds so much later than that date.

 

Yeah, hard to believe it's this old!
 lemmoth wrote:

Recently got to see (Smithereen's lead singer/songwriter) Pat DiNizio in a singing and storytelling show he has been doing in Vegas.

Highly recommended.



 

Yea he is a great guy and this was a most underappreciated band.
 bb_matt wrote:
Oh yeah, the Bass line - this is *very* doors. Can't recall which song, possibly one on the album 'strange days' ?

 

I would say Riders on the Storm.  This is a great song.
Oh yeah, the Bass line - this is *very* doors. Can't recall which song, possibly one on the album 'strange days' ?
Wow, never heard this before. 

At first I thought, very current, then I thought a bit REM, then I thought Foo Fighters, then I thought, it's a bit grunge...

Then I looked at the date! 1986! - this sounds so much later than that date.
Great then great now
 Krispian wrote:
Best bass line ever!
 
Indeed!!!  long live this bass line {#Dance}{#Bananajam}
GREAT SONG AND (LIVE-)BAND!
Best bass line ever!
 merkin_muffley wrote:
I'm hearing Tragically Hip mainly the bass and guitar. Sounds a lot more recent than '86.
 
Yeah, early Hip. Last American Exit era.
Great song !!!
Met Pat years ago a the Metro in Chi......Hell of a nice guy......8
 JsDad wrote:
You had to have a certain level of cool to be able to listen to these guys.  I didn't qualify, but I'd occasionally be in someone's house who did when they were playing.
 
Perfect comment!
 JsDad wrote:
You had to have a certain level of cool to be able to listen to these guys.  I didn't qualify, but I'd occasionally be in someone's house who did when they were playing.
 
These guys played in relatively small bars and clubs all over the NY/NJ area for years - being 'cool' was never a requirement to see or hear them. I don't think anyone was prohibited from being 'able to listen' to them - well, unless they didn't pay a cover charge at the door.  Dover, New Jersey could be called a lot of things back then - "cool" was not often one of them.
I'm hearing Tragically Hip mainly the bass and guitar. Sounds a lot more recent than '86.
How cool is Pat DiNizio? When founding member and bassist Mike Mesaros finally decided to hang it up, DiNizio hired Severo Jornacion—who was the bassist in a Smithereens tribute band (that I can't find the name of). Said Dinizio, "Hell, he knew all the songs..."
i will always love this song!

When the first few notes play, I hear "Monkey Gone to Heaven" by the Pixies.


Mediocre.

Recently got to see (Smithereen's lead singer/songwriter) Pat DiNizio in a singing and storytelling show he has been doing in Vegas.

Highly recommended.


This song has also been one of my favorite rockers.  I remember back in 1986 waiting at the border of Arizona and Mexico all night for the border gate to open in order to drive to Puerto Penasco (Rocky Point) to spend a three day weekend camping on the beach.  I was playing this cassette tape on my boom box and rocking out my friends that were there with me. That wonderful bass line still always grabs my attention.

 Krispian wrote:
Love, love, LOVE that bass line!
 
Add the crack of the drums and the hairs stand straight up.
{#Yes} yup...serious kickin' goin' on!

 
mandolin wrote:
kick.  ass.
 


You had to have a certain level of cool to be able to listen to these guys.  I didn't qualify, but I'd occasionally be in someone's house who did when they were playing.
It's 1988. I'm hanging out with my college roommate in downtown New Haven, CT, and the Smithereens were due to play Toad's Place that night. As I'm on the pay phone across the street from Store 24, Chrissy tugs on my arms as white as a sheet. She mutters something barely understandable, then shouts, "OMG! The Smithereens are in Store 24!" I slam down the phone and we run over, and yup, there they are, the four tall dudes in black buying toothpaste. It was awesome! I grabbed a candybar and got in line right behind Pat (he's a BIG dude!) and had a fun 5 minute conversation. Nice guy. What a blast! We were too young to catch the show (Toad's was 21 and over, and we were 19), but at least we met Pat up close!
Dig me me Smithereens! Green Thoughts was one of my fave albums of the late-80's era at the time. Don't know how well it's aged, but it shore does bring back fond memories of (of all places) living in Orange County, CA...
 LowPhreak wrote:

I got the drum chair, k?  {#Drummer}

{#High-five}
 
By all means! Rock on!

Really like the Smithereens - Thanks, RP
 liveinthewire wrote:

"Waiting for the Sun" was not on the Doors album of the same name, but rather on "Morrison Hotel."
 

Elvis Costello's song, "Imperial Bedroom" was not on his album of the same name, was not on a proper album, but appeared in the collection Out of Our Idiot.
 Dave_Mack wrote:

Right!  You're in the band too.  I'll let you know when rehearsals start. {#Bananajam}
 
I got the drum chair, k?  {#Drummer}

{#High-five}
 boober wrote:

I'll sing....our bass player has problems with this one.

 
Right!  You're in the band too.  I'll let you know when rehearsals start. {#Bananajam}
 Krispian wrote:
Love, love, LOVE that bass line!
 
Reminds me of early-ish R.E.M. Life's Rich Pageant?

 Dave_Mack wrote:
Love that bass riff.  Someday I'll have a band again and play this one.  I'll play bass {#Wink}
 
I'll sing....our bass player has problems with this one.

 RedGuitar wrote:

Like ELP's song "Brain Salad Surgery" was not on the album of the same name.

 
"Waiting for the Sun" was not on the Doors album of the same name, but rather on "Morrison Hotel."


{#Yes} Krispian wrote:
Love, love, LOVE that bass line!
 


Love, love, LOVE that bass line!
The apex of their career . At least , for me it was .
 mandolin wrote:
...it always confused the heck out of me that the song especially for you was on their next album, green thoughts, rather than this one...
 
Like ELP's song "Brain Salad Surgery" was not on the album of the same name.

Saw Pat Dinizio doing a living room concert here in Champaign, IL.
What a great voice. He truly was entertaining.
...it always confused the heck out of me that the song especially for you was on their next album, green thoughts, rather than this one...
Classic 80s sound! Not bad!  {#Bananajam}{#Motor}
Love that bass riff.  Someday I'll have a band again and play this one.  I'll play bass {#Wink}
 Seahunt wrote:
In the mid eighties flew from DC to London.  Saw these guys were playing that night at a place called Dingwall's.  They were awesome even after being up for 36 hours straight.  Funny to fly all the way across the big pond to see a band from New Jersey!
 
San Diego, 1986ish, small club, met the guitarist, it was cool.  {#Guitarist}
In the mid eighties flew from DC to London.  Saw these guys were playing that night at a place called Dingwall's.  They were awesome even after being up for 36 hours straight.  Funny to fly all the way across the big pond to see a band from New Jersey!
OH YEAH!!!!!  {#Bananajam}   {#Drummer}
{#Dancingbanana_2}
 frecko wrote:
Great song from a really good, underrated, band.{#Bananajam}
 
+1. Smithereens made many very good tunes.

Is this the band that formed when the Smiths broke up ?

 paulmack wrote:
Who cares? I mean, if one was to worry every time they came up with a new riff or something whether or not it just might sound like something else - really, what are the chances that it doesn't?! 
There are a finite number of tunes, riffs and bass lines, so its inevitable really.

 scraig wrote:

Riders on the Storm. Now that you say that, it's pretty obvious.
 

Who cares? I mean, if one was to worry every time they came up with a new riff or something whether or not it just might sound like something else - really, what are the chances that it doesn't?!

 Bleyfusz wrote:
The intro bass line always reminds me of a certain Doors theme.... {#Stupid}
 
Riders on the Storm. Now that you say that, it's pretty obvious.
kick.  ass.
 bronorb wrote:
Awesome song.

 

From an awesome album!!
The intro bass line always reminds me of a certain Doors theme.... {#Stupid}
Awesome song.

This reminds me a bit of the "MIghty Lemon Drops".  Speaking of which, does anybody have any of their songs to upload...BIll seemingly doesn't have any of their stuff.
This song brings back a night in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd with Cristy in my pace car..a fine evening etched in my mind....

 RedGuitar wrote:

This album was my first exposure to the Smithereens and I really like it.
But like peter_james_bond said "Why have they become a cover band?"  They've done two tributes to the Beatles and a recent one
to the Who.  How about some more of that good ol' Smithereens rock 'n' roll?

 
What he said!

I like this song almost as much as "Behind the wall of sheep". Good stuff.
Great song from a really good, underrated, band.{#Bananajam}
 buddy wrote:
This song got me to buy their album.  I never liked another song by them except this one.
 
This album was my first exposure to the Smithereens and I really like it.
But like peter_james_bond said "Why have they become a cover band?"  They've done two tributes to the Beatles and a recent one
to the Who.  How about some more of that good ol' Smithereens rock 'n' roll?

 Lubrk8r wrote:
One of my favorite straight-ahead rock and roll songs. I also like "Behind a Wall of Sleep".
 
Same here. Good ol' basic rock 'n' roll. This song could have come from any time in the last 3 decades, and that's not a criticism - rock 'n' roll is timeless :). 8 from the Nottingham jury.

Quintessential bar band sound-what an old treasure!
 RedGuitar wrote:
The Smithereens just released a tribute to the Who's "Tommy."  Many of the best songs from the rock opera are done
with respect and are pretty faithful to the originals.
 
First they cover the Beatles, now The Who. Why have The Smithereens become a cover band? {#Stupid}
https://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wxfixzu0ldhe

The Smithereens just released a tribute to the Who's "Tommy."  Many of the best songs from the rock opera are done
with respect and are pretty faithful to the originals.
Oh thank you thank you for some Smithereens on a Friday morning! I was really in need of a jump start.
Yes! Nothin' like a good 80's flashback{#Dancingbanana_2}
YAY! I Lovvvvve The Smithereens!!!

Follow this up with the Doors, Riders On The Storm... 
Damn!!  Haven't heard this in ages.  Saw them in concert in what was basically a garage, Orlando 1988.  Just a great, straight forward rock band.
 Lubrk8r wrote:
One of my favorite straight-ahead rock and roll songs. I also like "Behind a Wall of Sleep". Same sensibility as some of Dada's work, to me.
 
"Behind the Wall of Sleep" is a cool tune.  My band used to play it.  Should bring it back!

One of my favorite straight-ahead rock and roll songs. I also like "Behind a Wall of Sleep". Same sensibility as some of Dada's work, to me.
My hometown band!   YEAAAA!
 AliGator wrote:
 THAT BASS LINE!!!
 

this song Rocks, on every level, this is the stuff that rock dreams were made of!....Hello, that bass line!
Crank it baby!  {#Bananajam}
{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana}{#Guitarist}{#Guitarist}{#Bananasplit}{#Drummer}
Oh yeah. I love this song. I loved it when I was a teenager, because it was on MTV (although I can't remember much about the video) and it was slightly alternative, which was all I cared about back then.

I love it as an adult because it rocks, and at my age I've come to appreciate a much heavier sound than I was willing to listen to as a teenager. Also, hello, THAT BASS LINE.
God, these guys were great! My favorite is "Behind The Wall Of Sleep". What's yours? :cheesygrin:
Fuck. Yes. Met Pat DiNizio a few years back on his living room tour and wound up going book shopping with him. Genuinely nice guy. Awesome band. The "11" tour was the shit.
:cowboy: Love it.
Unfortunately it was used in Miami Vice as music background in a chapter about an ex viet psychokiller. But Don't blame on The Smithereens; They were a terrific band alive and their lyrics were always cool.
:music:
Hey if yer in the eastern hemisphere--there's an eclipse RIGHT NOW! bye!
Josephine wrote:
I remember watching The Smithereens vid for this song, one late night on MTV when I was in my early teens. It was part of MTV's special programming one night a week, and I still remember it blowing me away!
Like maybe it blew you to smithereens? Ha ha ha, I kill myself... All kidding aside, this is a good song, cool bass line
Great band